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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:15 PM

Facebook takes down data and thousands of posts, obscuring reach of Russian disinformation

Source: Washington Post

Facebook takes down data and thousands of posts, obscuring reach of Russian disinformation

By Craig Timberg and Elizabeth Dwoskin October 12 at 11:42 AM

Social media analyst Jonathan Albright got a call from Facebook the day after he published research last week showing that the reach of the Russian disinformation campaign was almost certainly larger than the company had disclosed. While the company had said 10 million people read Russian-bought ads, Albright had data suggesting that the audience was at least double that — and maybe much more — if ordinary free Facebook posts were measured as well.

Albright welcomed the chat with three company officials. But he was not pleased to discover that they had done more than talk about their concerns regarding his research. They also had scrubbed from the Internet nearly everything — thousands of Facebook posts and the related data — that had made the work possible.

Never again would he or any other researcher be able to run the kind of analysis he had done just days earlier.

“This is public interest data,” Albright said Wednesday, expressing frustration that such a rich trove of information had disappeared — or at least moved somewhere the public can’t see it. “This data allowed us to at least reconstruct some of the pieces of the puzzle. Not everything, but it allowed us to make sense of some of this thing.”

Facebook does not dispute it removed the posts, but it offers a different explanation of what happened. The company says it has merely corrected a “bug” that allowed Albright, who is research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, to access information he never should have been able to find in the first place. That bug, Facebook says, has now been squashed on a social media analytics tool called CrowdTangle, which Facebook bought last year.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/10/12/facebook-takes-down-data-and-thousands-of-posts-obscuring-reach-of-russian-disinformation/

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Reply Facebook takes down data and thousands of posts, obscuring reach of Russian disinformation (Original post)
Eugene Oct 12 OP
benld74 Oct 12 #1
guillaumeb Oct 12 #3
disalitervisum Oct 12 #2
stuffmatters Oct 12 #4
FakeNoose Oct 13 #6
BigmanPigman Oct 12 #5
Dan Oct 14 #7
dalton99a Oct 15 #8

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:23 PM

1. Also removed evidence it actually happened. nt

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Response to benld74 (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:40 PM

3. Something happened? eom

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:30 PM

2. down the memory hole

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:50 PM

4. This seems to fall into the "it's not the crime but the coverup" category

Absolutely appalling. Facebook is freely destroying evidence and essential data in the case of Facebook's for profit selling of Americans' personal data that allowed Russia(via Cambridge Analaytica) to psychologically target & persuade American voters.

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Response to stuffmatters (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 12:21 PM

6. It's not a crime until somebody passes a law to make it a crime

Let's see if anybody in the Senate or House of Respresentatives is interested in doing that.

Anybody ... at all?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 06:33 PM

5. Is destroying evidence illegal anymore?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 14, 2017, 07:47 PM

7. Backup tape

Run incremental backups,
Daily backups,
Weekly backups,
Monthly backups,
Quarterly backups,
Yearly backups...

Once there it is forever...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Oct 15, 2017, 08:31 AM

8. Kick

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